Indigenous Teaching and Learning Resources

Indigenous Teaching Fellow Series

Indigenous Digital Bundles:

Sharing our gifts: An Indigenous-led curriculum response at Western University

Monday May 9th, 2022 from 2:00-3:00PM

Candace Brunette-Debassige, Assistant Professor, Education and Teaching Fellow, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Sara Mai Chitty, Curriculum & Pedagogy Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives

This online session will introduce participants to a new Indigenous curriculum project at Western University entitled Maatookiiying gaa-miinigoowiziying, or Sharing Our Gifts led by teaching fellow and scholar, Candace Brunette-Debassige in collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Centre for Teaching and Learning. This unique project aims to collaboratively advance the respectful and ethical inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing in the university classroom through the creation of a digital repository of Indigenous resources available for use by Western University instructors across disciplines. The session will provide background on the vision and purpose of the project, share snippets of digital offerings available in 2022-23, and outline processes for Western instructors to engage in the project over the next year.

Hosted in partnership with OII, Western Libraries, and CTL as part of the Indigenous Teaching Fellow series.

Guide for Working with Indigenous Students

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Following the release of the 94 Calls to Action by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC, 2015), Western University approved its first-ever Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), a document that aims to facilitate a more inclusive and welcoming campus for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff, as well as Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. This Guide is a response to Western’s ISP plan, which clearly outlines the need for faculty and staff to become more culturally-competent when working with Indigenous peoples. This introductory resource will support individuals on campus in better understanding the historical and ongoing systemic factors that shape Indigenous student realities, barriers, and needs in the university context.

The Guide includes an overview of local Indigenous peoples and histories, treaties, land acknowledgements, and terminology; the complexities of Indigeneity; and key barriers and challenges many Indigenous students face in obtaining their education. Most importantly, the Guide challenges the university and its faculty and staff to take responsibility by actively shifting the culture on-campus rather than expecting Indigenous students to acculturate into the dominant university setting. By shifting the narrative, we hope to inspire transformative approaches to Indigenous education that work with Indigenous peoples and ways of knowing in more equitable ways.

This Guide, led by Candace Brunette-Debassige (Faculty of Education) and Chantelle Richmond (Faculty of Social Science), was made possible through the collaborative vision, effort, and support of Western University’s Interdisciplinary Development Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship.  Western’s Indigenous Postsecondary Education Council (IPEC) members and other community partners provided valuable input to the development of this Guide.

More information: Applied Indigenous Scholarship

Indigenous Land Acknowledgments Guide

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The Western community also has access to the Indigenous Land Acknowledgments Guide created by the Western Indigenous Initiatives team. This resource includes three versions of Indigenous Land Acknowledgements and offers insight into how the acknowledgements can reflect a deeper commitment to building relationships with Indigenous communities.

"Why do we do land acknowledgements? The Land Acknowledgement pays respect to the Original Peoples of the territory upon which the university is physically located, as well as recognizes the ongoing presence of Indigenous Peoples in educational settings. It is one way we declare the university’s commitment to building on its relationships with and responsibilities to Indigenous communities."